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As you prepare to head into the new year, you’re probably thinking about all the different things you want to tackle in the HR department in 2019. You may have a new strategy being implemented, or you might be making small adjustments to a plan you’ve had for some time now.

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What you want is a clear way to visualize what your 2019 HR strategy is and how you’re going to execute it. An HR strategy map can help you do just that. Here’s how to plan one.

What Is an HR Strategy Map?

A strategy map for the HR department is just what the name implies. It’s a quick and easy way to visualize the HR strategy.

Rather than needing to flip through pages of written documents to find a single line, the strategy map puts the relevant information at your fingertips. It’s a quick reference when you need to double-check the goals or determine where a proposed solution fits in.

The map is also an easy way to visualize how you’re going to execute the strategy. Not only will it outline goals, but it will also give pointers about how those goals can be or will be achieved. Like a road map, it shows you the way forward.

Take Stock of Where You Are Now

When planning your 2019 HR strategy map, first determine where you are right now. What things have you already accomplished? What needs to change in 2019?

You may want to look back at 2018 and determine which goals you successfully met. Which ones need to be adjusted for next year? You’ll also want to look critically at any failures. What went wrong? What new strategy could you try in 2019 instead?

Determine Your Goals for 2019

Once you’ve taken stock of where you are, you need to determine where you want to go. Maybe one of your overall HR goals is to improve the company’s employer brand. In 2018, you did this by streamlining your hiring process. In 2019, you might turn your attention to your onboarding practices to improve the candidate experience.

Other goals might include improving employee efficiency, which could be supported by adopting new technology. One goal might be to adopt a new human resource information system.

Your 2019 goals may be wide and varied. A strategy map can tie them back to the overall HR strategy, and then back to the larger business strategy.

Plot Your Course

Once you’ve defined your HR goals for 2019, you can work on determining the processes you’ll use to achieve them.

Good goals are both concrete and attainable, which means plotting out how to achieve them should be relatively simple. If you can’t determine what steps you’ll need to take to achieve your goals, it might be time to revisit the goals themselves.

The step-by-step details can often be the most fun to plan because they feel the most concrete. That said, you’ll need to pay attention to the smaller steps in each process, as well as constraints like personnel, budgets, and time.

Create the Visual

Once you’ve determined both your overall strategy and your goals, and plotted out the path to achieving them, it’s time to put the information together in a visual.

You can find HR strategy map templates online, or you can work with a graphic designer to create one. The visual should show a clear direction. It should also be easy to read. Keep text to a minimum.

Remember that the HR strategy map is a quick reference guide. Additional details can be found in your other strategy documents.

Once you have the map, be sure to reference it often. It will help you stay on track throughout 2019.

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Kaneez Jaffer

Kaneez is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with an advanced knowledge of human resources and organizational structure and design. She has extensive experience with HRIS systems and understands the need to move HR from a transactional model to a transformational one. She has worked in the investment banking, insurance, and legal industries, as well as with large not-for-profit centres helping to simplify and streamline their internal systems. Kaneez is an expert in building relationships and affecting change in a positive and productive way. She acts as the key HR business partner at Apri Insurance Services Inc, managing the implementation of JungoHR, while providing expert advice and counsel on a range of HR matters. Kaneez holds a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management as well as a Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada.

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